Democrats have been ‘outraged’ over the actions of President Donald Trump since his swearing in on Friday. Furious and concerned over abuses of executive orders, calling on federal troops to the streets of Chicago and his approval of the Dakota oil pipeline.
But this is the price Democrats pay for eight years of indifference.
In the words of Rev. Jeremiah Wright-“The chickens have come home to roost.”
But just what did Democrats expect out of eight years of completely ignoring the actions of their ‘hero’ Barack Obama? After all, didn’t they think of the future at all when accusations of Obama beginning to abuse the use of executive orders arose?
I mean, even the biggest of idiots could see that this sort of power would only be abused in the future by another president-the Democrats didn’t, though.
They also didn’t think of the future when CBS reported that Obama sent 2,000 federal troops into Baltimore to control the protests of a police killing in April of 2015. Today, though, they’re “frightened” of fascism as Donald Trump threatened the use of troops in Chicago in order to control crime.
But just what did they think would happen when the Democrats themselves set the precedent of allowing Obama to do this first?
Democrats also sat silently by as Obama approved literally dozens of oil pipelines, including, the controversial Trans-Pecos and Comanche Trail pipelines, along with the Enbridge Pipeline which threatens water quality in Wisconsin according to the Capital Times. So aggressive was president Obama on fuel production that Mother Jones Magazine dubbed him; “The Oil President.”
But suddenly they’re environmentalists when Trump approves the sole Dakota Pipeline.
On issue after issue the Democrats turned their backs to fact that their own president was taking actions that were wide open to be abused in the future.
For example, Democrats are worried that Donald Trump will detain Muslim Americans in the very FEMA camps MSNBC stated Obama built or expanded during 2009-2014, in response to hurricane Katrina,and implementing the NDAA or ‘indefinite detention” bill that Obama himself signed into law on New Years Day, 2011.
This move, I will note, actually even shocked Democratic Party hack, Rachel Maddow.
There is no action Trump could take, no loophole that he could find or law that he conceivably abuse that was not initiated by Barack Obama—none-zilch-nata.
Democrats are now up and arms over Trump’s ban on immigration from seven Islamic countries. But again, where were they when Obama did essentially the same thing?
In 2015 Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act as part of a spending bill. The completely bipartisan legislation restricted access to the Visa Waiver Program which permits people from 38 countries to enter. These very seven countries were included in that. In the end, once again Trump’s action is simply an extension of that.
The problem here isn’t the protest-it’s the fact that it is just too late. The genie is out of the bottle and it was Democrats who pulled the cork.
Because Democrats were more hell-bent on protecting Obama than they were on considering the future, they now find themselves in a position of having absolutely no credibility on many, many issues.
Democrats of 2017 are in no position to offer any honest opposition to practically anything Trump could do from the expansion of war or drone wars, restricting protest, persecuting whistleblowers and journalists to hydraulic fracturing, because Obama has done it all first and without a whisper of protest.
So what’s the answer here?
Democrats need to spend the next four years rebuilding credibility and embracing the progressive ideas of the millennials, rust belt workers and the anti-war, old-school and black left who deserted them or they will only be a coastal party of neo-liberal elitists, completely unable to regain the White House in 2020.
They need to distance themselves from the actions of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and they need to develop firm liberal values that are not compromised and begin to rebuild the progressive agenda began by LBJ.